Take a COVID-19 Test
Drive-Thru Test Kit Distribution will be closed Monday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.
In need of a COVID-19 test in Johnson County? The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment offers free at-home rapid (antigen) COVID-19 tests from its Olathe office, while supplies last.
One test will be provided for every member of your household. In addition to the rapid tests, free PCR saliva tests will be available upon request, while supplies last. No appointment or photo identification is needed, and proof of residency is not required.
Test kit distribution is part of our overall strategy to control the spread of COVID-19 in Johnson County. Testing is recommended if you’ve been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
Where can I get a test kit?
You can pick up your free at-home test kits at JCDHE’s Olathe office, 11875 S. Sunset Drive. The kits are available via drive-thru only on the south side of the building.
The drive-thru is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. No appointment is needed. Please wait inside your vehicle for a JCDHE staff member to bring you a test.
Instructions for picking up your at-home test kit:
- Enter the drive-thru area on the west side of the building.
- Follow the sign and drive around to the back of the building and pull up to the designated test kit distribution area facing south.
- Do not enter the building. Someone will come out to your vehicle.
- Exit the testing area to the east of the building.
How do I take the tests?
Rapid (Antigen) Test Kit Instructions
Rapid tests are self-administered, and results are available within 15 minutes. There are two tests per kit. Please follow the instructions as listed on the kit. You can also find online instructions in 12 different languages.
PCR (Saliva) Test Kit Instructions
PCR saliva tests are self-administered. They require the individual to complete an online registration form with a local lab and mail or drop-off (at the lab) the saliva sample within 24 hours of collection. The lab provides test results directly to the individual via email within 48 hours of receiving the sample.
Additional testing options
Federal at-home test kits
Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order free at-home tests from the federal government. Place your order at COVID.gov/tests. Need help placing an order for your at-home tests? Call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489).
For other testing locations in the area go to:
You can also contact a health care provider or pharmacy for their testing schedule.
FAQs About COVID-19 Test Kits
How many test kits can I pick up?
JCDHE will provide one test kit for every person in the household, subject to availability.
Will I be able to use my test results to satisfy screening requirements in connections with travel?
Third parties, including state and local governments, may have specific requirements regarding the type of test results that are acceptable to them in connection with certain activities, such as travel. These requirements may change from time to time. Individuals who may need to use test results to satisfy third-party requirements are advised to inquire with such third parties in advance regarding such requirements.
How do I return my completed PCR COVID-19 test to Clinical Reference Laboratory?
Your kit includes a transport bag and a pre-labeled Clinical Reference Laboratory transport box. Package your sample as instructed and drop it off at any FedEx Ship Location. Or you can request that your sample be picked up by scheduling a time with FedEx. In the United States, call FedEx at 1-800-463-3339 for pickup. Specify you have a prepaid shipment for overnight delivery.
Note: Saliva samples must be shipped within 24 hours of collection.
If you live in the Kansas City Metro area, samples can be dropped off at Clinical Reference Laboratory in Lenexa, KS. Click here for map and additional information.
Types of COVID-19 Testing
|Molecular Test||Antigen Test||Antibody Test|
|Also known as..||Diagnostic test, viral test, molecular test, Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT), RT-PCR test, LAMP test||Rapid diagnostic test (Some molecular tests are also rapid tests)||Serological test, serology, blood test, serology test|
|What is it?||A diagnostic test that can detect active infection. Currently, the preferred COVID-19 testing method.||A diagnostic test that can detect active infection.||A test that detects antibodies the immune system created in response to past infection|
|What kind of sample is taken?||Nasal or throat swab (most tests) Saliva (a few tests)||Nasal or throat swab||Finger stick or blood draw|
|What do the test results mean?||POSITIVE: Most likely, you DO have an active COVID-19 infection and can give the virus to others.
NEGATIVE: Most likely you DO NOT currently have an active COVID-19 infection.
|POSITIVE: Most likely, you DO have an active COVID-19 infection and can give the virus to others.
NEGATIVE: You either DO NOT currently have an active COVID-19 infection or you DO have COVID-19 but were tested early or late into the virus’ progression.
|POSITIVE: You were potentially previously infected with COVID-19.
NEGATIVE: You were potentially never previously infected with COVID-19, or have not yet developed antibodies.
|Next steps||POSITIVE: Stay home and follow CDC guidance on steps to take to avoid spreading your illness to others.
NEGATIVE: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19, stay home and continue to follow CDC guidance to avoid spreading potential illness to others.
|POSITIVE: Stay home and follow CDC guidance on steps to take to avoid spreading your illness to others.
NEGATIVE: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19, stay home and continue to follow CDC guidance to avoid spreading potential illness to others. A molecular test is recommended.
|POSITIVE: You may be protected from reinfection or have some degree of temporary immunity. Currently, CDC and CSTE places this at 3 months.
NEGATIVE: You are still susceptible to COVID-19. Please take steps to protect yourself and others.
*The cycle threshold for these tests is determined by the manufacturers of the FDA approved testing platforms, not JCDHE or KDHE.